Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Getting knitty

I've been in a little bit of a sewing slump the last few days. I have traced some patterns for future projects but I haven't taken the sewing machine out from its hidey-hole. There's still a skirt and a dress that both need hemming, and then they're done. (Although today as I was watching the dress hanging on it's hanger I started to wonder whether it would be a good idea to rip the skirt part out and make it into a wiggle skirt after all..) So in the meantime when I'm trying to decide what to do with it and while I'm getting my sewjo back (what a great word!) I thought I'd post something about knitting! I realised I haven't done that yet so here's a first one.

The neverending scarf. I believe I started it three years ago and it's halfway through now. lol. But it will be beautiful whenever it does get finished.

Knitting is something that I like to do, but also something I get bored with easily. I like making mittens and socks and hats and small things like that because they're quickly done and there's always something happening in the pattern. Where as scarfs in particular are a nightmare for me to finish. Last fall was propably the first time I was able to finish a scarf in a matter of weeks, this due to the fact that I was using large pins and a colourful yarn so it didn't get boring. lol! My challenge now is to make a sweater. I've never done one before but the vintage patterns are just so beautiful that I have to have at least one in my closet. The problem here however is, that I haven't been able to find a nice vintage knitting pattern in Finnish. It's a totally different thing to read sewing instructions in a foreign language opposed to knitting instructions, so I thought it would be wise to start with my mothertongue. Luckily I did find some comtemporary patterns that have that vintage feel and seem easy enough to knit. This summer therefore I'm going to make one of these knits from Novita magazine:

 Both of the grey knits are more like tunics, but I thought I'd make them without the hip part and start at the waist. Also I would add lenght to the sleeves in the cableknitted one and make the collar maybe a little lower. The lovely white cardigan might be a little over my skill level, but I had to add it just because it's so pretty!

Some of my loss of sewjo was undoubtedly caused by a missed friend who came today for a few days visit:

My sweet Emma

Wishing you all heaps and heaps of sewjo!


  1. The scarf looks gorgeous, it'll be amazing when it's finished. Good luck with the sweater, have you ever checked out: http://garnstudio.com/index_lang.php They do patterns in all kinds of languages and if I remember right Suomi is Finnish, right?

  2. Yes, I love that you knit! Can't wait to see what sweater you knit up. Another website suggestion is Ravelry. Have you heard of it? You can search patterns by language, and Finish is an option. Although, I didn't see any vintage patterns that were available in Finish. Let me know if you join (you can't even get into the site without joining) and I will add you to my friends.

  3. Wow your knitting is beautiful! I love the scarf pattern, it is so light and delicate looking. I hope you get your sewjo back soon, I can't wait to see what you decide to do with that dress. Sam xox

  4. Thanks so much for the encouragement! I already got the garns for the project and am super excited!

    Oh my word how beautiful were the patterns at the Garn studio! I fell in love with a couple of the skirt patterns, but have to check all of them so I know what to do next. Thank you Anna for sharing that!

    I have visited Raverly some time ago and I think I joined it then. I just need to dug the info from somewhere and go rummaging around there again!

    I think I will redo the skirt part of the dress (Simplicity 4491). I wanted to do the full-skirted view but because I didn't have enough fabric it just didn't turn out right, so a wiggle skirt it'll be!